Friday, March 12, 2010

Dr. Kao Kim Hourn Met ASEAN Delegation to Discuss on Cooperation

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

His Excellency Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Advisor to Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the President of The University of Cambodia, met Malaysian, Chinese and Japanese delegations on March 5th in Phnom Penh, they discussed and shared ideas over ASEAN issues in promoting and strengthening good cooperation among all countries in ASEAN and Asia Pacific Region.

During the meetings, H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn met with Tan Sri Rastan Mohd Isa, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia; Hu Zhengyue, Assistant Minister in charge of Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the People’s Republic of China; and Koji Omi, Former Minister of Finance of Japan.

Dr. Kim Hourn said that the main purpose of the meeting was to discuss sharing t ideas relating to the strengthening good cooperation and friendship among all countries in ASEAN as well as in Asia Pacific.

He added that it was also to seek the possibility of the initiatives in the establishment of the Asian Pacific community of Australia and the possibility of the expansions of ASEAN’s new members in the future.

“These meetings are used for exchanging of ideas and information relating to the strengthening of development and cooperation among all ASEAN’s member countries and other countries in Asia Pacific region. We have discussed and exchanged many ideas about ASEAN’s cooperation, the development of the East-Asia Submit; the initiatives in establishment of the Asian Pacific community of Australia, and the possibility of the expanding of ASEAN’s new members in the future,” he told reporters after the meeting on March 5th in Phnom Penh.

He added that the meetings have also raised relations between ASEAN and the United States; the East-Asia Submit including China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and India, ASEAN and US Submit, Free Market zone, and South China’s Golf issues.

Relating his meeting with Tan Sri Rastan Mohd Isa, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Dr. Kim Hourn said that Tan Sri Rastan Mohd Isa has requested his new Malaysian Prime Minister to pay his official visit Cambodia in May 2010. During his visit to Cambodia, the new Malaysian Prime Minister will be adding a Malaysian diplomat working in Cambodia. He will also see the possibility of the situation and construction of the Malaysian Embassy which will be constructed in Phnom Penh in future, according to Tan Sri Rastan Mohd Isa.

Regarding his meeting with Mr. Hu Zhengyue, Assistant Minister in charge of Asian Affairs and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China; Dr. Kim Hourn stated that China has pledged to help and support the re-integration of ASEAN, gaps reducing among ASEAN’s member countries, and also declared more Chinese financial assistances for the Kingdom of Cambodia in future He added that Mr. Hu Zhengyue has officially declared to invite Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, to pay a state-visit in China in this year. Relating to his meeting with a former Minister of Finance of Japan Koji Omi, Dr. Kim Hourn said Koji Omi said that ASEAN is the main partner of the Japan. Thus, he wanted to invite the 10- ASEAN member countries to participate in the Science and Technology Forum which will take place in October in Japan. He also wanted to see more Cambodian representatives or researchers to participate in this forum in order to learn about the new technologies, results of new research and achievements which will be presented in the forum.

He has also invited The University of Cambodia to attend this forum in Japan. In response to the Koji Omi’s invitation, Dr. Kim Hourn said that he will consider to send UC’s representatives to the forum in October 2010. ///

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